Jan 29, 2011

Google Tweaks Algorithm to Fight Scrapers

Good news for garden bloggers who have a hard time fighting off the scrapers of their content. After some criticism over how feed scrapers outrank the sites in their search results, Google has taken a look at the problem and implemented a fix that should help with the problem. Matt Cutts writes on his blog:

"The net effect is that searchers are more likely to see the sites that wrote the original content rather than a site that scraped or copied the original site’s content."

See Matt's post here and here on the subject. 

Now if they could only do something about the scraping of the image search results too. For tips on how to slow down the scrapers from stealing your content and how to fight back against a scraper, see the feed label attached to this post. 


  1. That's a step in the right direction for google :)

  2. At long last! The first time it happened to me, I tracked down the advertisers on the scraper's commercial blog and emailed them with then news that the blog they sponsored stole content :)

  3. wow, i'm surprised google even cares! good news! thanks!

  4. @LeavesnBloom, I know, right?

    @StuccoHouse, That's a good way to get back at them!

    @Laguna Dirt, I'm surprised they're listening so closely to the conversation online and reaction to the needs of people.

  5. More useful tips and savvy advice.
    Thanks, MrBT,
    & Happy Valentine's Day. How's that for corny!


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